This 2018 NFL Draft was very successful for the Denver Broncos. They held the 5th overall pick and had the opportunity for so many choices. There was a multitude of reports that the Broncos would either pick a quarterback or an offensive lineman. Another option was to trade away the 5th pick and accumulate draft picks to accrue more players for the future. In the end, the Broncos had Bradley Chubb essentially fall into their lap; something no one could have ever predicted. Looking back, the Broncos were able to fix many of the holes in the roster. Let’s take a look at some of the rookies who could make an impact going into the 2018 NFL season.
Bradley Chubb- DE
This is a no-brainer. Chubb was arguably the best defensive player in the draft. Fans and players alike are so excited for the potential that Chubb brings to Denver. He’s got the size and speed to have those quick snap plays. It’s a scary thought to imagine any team having to face Derek Wolfe, Shane Ray, Von Miller and now Chubb. Chubb can not only rush the passer along with the previously mentioned players, but he can also help against the run and team up with aging NT Domata Peko. The Broncos come away with a home run pick here while also passing on a QB and O lineman. This shows that the coaches and GM John Elway have faith in Case Keenum, Paxton Lynch, and Chad Kelly. Chubb is poised to be a future pro bowler and will be a force to be reckoned with in the mile high city for the next decade.
Josey Jewell- LB
Josey Jewell is someone many people may not have heard or be familiar with. I myself am guilty of not knowing who Jewell was when he was selected by the Broncos. After looking at his tape and doing some research I think Jewell is an ideal fit for the Broncos. While he is on the smaller size (only 6’1″), he makes up for in the intangibles. He overcomes his size by being on the ball and can make any tackle even if the ball carrier has a head start. He showed in college he can recognize offensive formations and could be a natural fit in Denver calling defensive plays given some time. I think if he studies film like he did in college, he could even make a bid for a starting position this season and replace Todd Davis at LB.
Royce Freeman- RB
A product out of Oregon, Royce Freeman is the leading rusher in career yards for the Ducks. In free agency, there were rumors that the team may let go of CJ Anderson and or pick up a runner via free agency or the draft. Once free agency cooled however, Anderson was released despite having an incredible year. With Booker and Henderson on the roster, there is a chance Freeman could be a starter. If he impresses with his speed and aggressive running style in camp and the preseason he could be set to go off. Various scouts and analysts have said he could have the impact similar to what Kareem Hunt produced last year. If this is the case, Broncos fans everywhere; fasten your seatbelts for a great year.
Denver had the best draft they could have hoped for. They filled every spot on the roster that had a need and have added an amazing cast of fresh young players. Only time will tell whether these players pan out, however, there seems to be a very good feeling heading into summer training camps. The offense and defense have been rejuvenated and replenished and the Broncos are looking to take back the AFC West throne and chase after that next Lombardi Trophy.
Until Next time, keep calm and Bronco on!